This book explores the Indians of the Pacific North West - where about one third of all Native Americans are believed to have once lived. It details the area's two distinct cultures: Coastal and Plateau. The Coastal tribes were famously warlike, and contact with whites from the 1770s and the Gold Rush led to conflicts with the US government, particularly in the mid 19th century. The Modoc War of 1875 in the Lava Fields, one of the most savagely fought of all, and its leader Kintpuash - 'Captain Jack' - are examined. With a wealth of illustrations and lavish colour plates from Christa Hook this title is a fascinating exploration of the lives of these famous warriors.
Elizabeth von Aderkas grew up in Trinidad and England. She received her BA from University of Manchester. A freelance writer and past contributor to Osprey Military Journal, she now lives with her husband and children in Victoria, British Columbia. Christa Hook began her illustrating career in 1986. Her work has featured extensively in the worlds of publishing and television, and she has established herself as one of Osprey's most popular illustrators. Her illustrations combine the historian's attention to detail with the artist's sense of drama and atmosphere, and they are sought after by collectors worldwide.
Introduction - description of area, and Coastal and Plateau cultures; Listing of tribes, with relationships; Daily life - social structures, fishing and hunting economy; Ceremonial and religious culture; Warfare in the North West - dress, weapons, warpaint - raiding tactics, by canoe on Coast and on horseback on Plateau; Campaigns from 1840s to 1880s, particularly 1875 Modoc War (Captain Jack) and 1877 Nez Perce War (Chief Joseph and Looking Glass)